Qatar opens Hamad International Airport

The first Qatar Airways flight lands at Hamad International Airport on April 30th, marking the official start of operations at the airport. [Ebrahim Omar/Al-Shorfa]03/05/2014 ( Al shorfa – Iraq): Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority announced the soft opening of Hamad International Airport (HIA) on Wednesday (April 30th), with full operations expected to begin on May 27th.A Qatar Airways flight was the first to land, marking the launch of operations at the airport. At present, the airport has a capacity of 30 million passengers per year that will increase to 50 million passengers per year upon the completion in 2020 of the final phase of construction, which includes a rail terminal and “Airport City”, said Civil Aviation Authority chairman Abdul Aziz al-Nuaimi, who also heads the airport project steering committee. “The airport and Airport City occupy an area of 29 square kilometres, 60% of which is built on land reclaimed from the Arab Gulf,” he said at the airport’s inauguration…

http://al-shorfa.com/en_GB/articles/meii/features/2014/05/02/feature-03

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